Monday, April 07, 2014

New Middle Grade Mystery Coming Soon!

Don't miss my next middle grade mystery, from Elk Lake Publishing, coming soon!

I call it The Cat Burglars.

Wish I could tell you a cat burglar was somebody who steals cats, but it isn’t.

This is the first story in a brand new series. Don't miss it. More information will be posted on this blog. And watch for the exciting series video coming soon, too!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A special request for teachers and librarians

Chestnut Publishing Group is considering publishing my collection of middle grade reader short stories, Tree Fort, Pigtails, Pollywogs, and More.

The company sells books directly to schools and libraries and is seeking input from teachers and librarians about this project.

Would you take a few minutes, go to the following link, read the information there, and give your feedback on this project?

Thank you very much!

Max Elliot Anderson

The book’s Introduction

Looking back, my childhood was something of an adventure all by itself. I grew up as one of seven children and our family lived in a rural area in Michigan.  Our house was surrounded by towering oak trees. A sweet scent of pine needles filled the air. Endless trails through the woods waited to be explored. Not far away were streams, hills, and a cool lake for swimming. In the winter we used that same lake for countless hours of ice skating. Our area used to get what they called lake effect snow, and there was a lot of it. Snow piled up so high on our single story house, we’d climb up on the roof and jump off into the drifts.

My father divided his time between film production projects and freelance writing. His writings included magazine articles, film scripts, books, and short stories. A few years before he died, he encouraged me to write short stories, too.

As my children were growing up, I told them original stories at bedtime that I’d make up as I went along. Looking back, I guess those could be considered my first short stories, but we just thought of them as fun. We’d turn off the lights, huddle together in the dark, and let the stories begin.

Most of my life has been spent in the production of films, television programs, video productions, and television commercials. Several of these also required that I write the scripts. Productions required a lot of travel throughout the United States as well as internationally.  Locations for these projects took me to many countries in Asia, Europe, or places like India, the jungles of New Guinea, and many more.

Then, a few years ago, I began working on books for kids. My first choice was to write action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 – 12. Recently I’ve turned to writing short stories. So what you will find in this book is a collection of just a few of those. They originated from my childhood memories, characters I met along the way, places I visited, and even stories I told my children back there in the dark. These stories are intended to be fun for you to read to yourself, or out loud, and questions are included at the end so parents or teachers can use them in educational settings. As you read each story, close your eyes sometimes, use your imagination, and think of the story as a movie in your head.

I hope you will enjoy traveling through these pages when you read about tree forts, pigtails, pollywogs and a whole lot more.

A set of comprehension questions are included at the end of each story.
This link takes you to the feedback page:

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Books for Boys VS Books for Girls

Articles have appeared recently suggesting books be published for universal use by both boys and girls. In other words, no more books specifically for boys or books for girls. You might find this new article helpful.
See page 166


Additional links
Amazon Author Page

Author Video

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Working On Video For NEW Middle Grade Reader Series

I’m working on an exciting video for the new, middle grade reader series, The Accidental Adventures of Kurt Benson and his Friends, Riley and Jordan. More information about the publishing date coming soon!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Take a trip back to the early days of radio and TV "Then and Now"

Take a trip back to the early days of radio and TV, then fast forward to what our kids are watching and listening to today. "Then and Now" is on page 134 of Book Fun Magazine

Monday, March 17, 2014

I could hardly believe this when I saw it come out of my flattened tire.

I have a true story that happened a few years ago, My Special Angel, included in the new book, It’s a God Thing.  I thought I’d lost the central part of that story until I found it again while cleaning in my basement office last week.

Hard to believe this big chunk of metal is what the tire guy pulled from inside my flattened tire after we returned home from a dangerous part of the city of Chicago. If you get a copy of the book, and read my story, this picture takes on even greater significance.
Amazon Link